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Jennifer Shin

"The QuestBridge application is free, and if you become a finalist, applying to other partner universities is also free. Besides the fact that QuestBridge removes the financial burden, it provides an application that focuses on low-income students' accomplishments while highlighting the hardships they endured. Applying to QuestBridge certainly benefits low-income students because colleges come to understand the challenges they have faced."

Irvine, CA
2011 National College Match Recipient
University of Notre Dame, Class of 2016


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National College Match Application Requirements

checkmark A free, online QuestBridge application, including information on your academic and extracurricular accomplishments, financial background*, two essays, short answer questions
checkmark Two letters of recommendation from teachers in core academic subjects
checkmark A Secondary School Report from your high school counselor
checkmark A high school transcript and additional transcripts (if applicable)
checkmark Any standardized test score reports to-date. We accept SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, IB, or AP test scores. SAT and/or ACT test scores are highly recommended.

*Access to previous year tax returns and other financial documents is highly recommended and will help you complete the application.

Before you apply, please remember to:

  1. Review Who Should Apply to make sure you are qualified to apply.
  2. Review how the College Match and QuestBridge Regular Decision work.
  3. Research our partner colleges. QuestBridge works exclusively with our partner colleges. Before you apply, you should carefully consider how you rank your colleges — if you are admitted through the College Match, you have committed to attend that school.
  4. Review the Standardized Testing page to make sure you are on track to fulfill the test requirements of the colleges you might rank.



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Keep track of deadlines and view the College Match timeline.
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Learn what makes the College Match unique and the college requirements necessary to complete your application.
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Matching to a college isn't the only way to get admitted to a top college. Most Finalists will continue to apply through QuestBridge Regular Decision.
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Review our policy on applying early to other colleges if you are participating in the National College Match.


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